The Arno River runs through Florence, as well as the cities of Pisa, Empoli, and Arezzo. Florence’s famous Ponte Vecchio (“Old Bridge”) spans the Arno, and hotel rooms with a river view usually command high prices. Also note that the part of central Florence located on the opposite side of the river from the Duomo and train station is known as the “Oltrarno,” or “other Arno,” meaning the other side of the Arno River.
The Arno isn’t always peaceful and romantic, however, as the river has flooded on several occasions, most notably in 1966 when 40 people died and many of Florence’s priceless art was damaged or destroyed. Today, you can still see flood markers on many buildings - but you’ll need to look up, as the water reached roughly 22 feet (6.7 meters) in the city center.
Tours & Tickets
Explore Florence by bike and see Michelangelo’s sculpture of 'David' on an exciting Super Saver that combines two top-selling Florence tours at a discounted ... Read more
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Cruise along the Arno River and under the incredible Ponte Vecchio, Florence’s famous bridge, on a barchetto, a small traditional boat! Florence’s answer to ... Read more
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)